CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT IN VIRGINIA 1745-1800 by Lyman Chalkley, Genealogical Publishing Company.
Jordain, Robert Jordan, Adam Jourdan, George Jordan, Henirick Jordan, James Jordan, John Jordan, Matthew Jordan, Samuel Jordan, Sarah Jordan, Thomas Jordan, William M
[This is listed as printed in the book referenced above]
I once asked my Grandmother, Mattie Mae Jordan, what kind of name was Jordan. She replied that it was "Scotch-Irish" and the family had moved to Mississippi from Virginia. Her Jordan family had come from Virginia, across South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, to Claiborne County, Mississippi.
Jordan is a very interesting surname. It has two onomastic sources. One is Viking, the other is The Crusades. One scholar claims there was a Viking diety named "Jord". A follower of this diety may have been called a Jordan. There was also a section of land called a "jord" in the Viking language. This is like the Viking name "Aker, Acker" where we get the english word "acre". Also, its possible the name might have been a cognate of the Viking word "fjord". Someone who lived in one of these inlets might be called a "Fjordan" which in time was shortened to "Jordan".
The surname Jordan is found in every country across Europe. Many scholars attribute this fact to the Crusades. Christian knights from all over Europe participated in the Crusades to free the Holy Lands. It was a major achievement to reach the River Jordan. Just to touch the water was considered an honor worthy of recognition. Some knights might be re-baptised in the waters of the Jordan.
It was considered such an honor to touch the water of this river so revered in the Bible that any knight who did so could add the name Jordan as an appellation.A Scotish knight, for instance, might be called Sir Angus MacDouglas of Jordan. A French knight might be Monsieur Louis Chevalier de Jourdain. In time, some families actually adopted this prestigious appellation as their surname.
Many knights filled flasks with the water of this hallowed river to baptise their children with. Children baptised with this sacred water were often named Jordan. So this name was spread across Europe by the returning knights of the Crusades, which explains why the surname Jordan if found in so many different countries.